The Church of England is a Christian presence in every community. The present parish was formed by the joining of two additional parishes, Upnor and Chattenden, to the ancient parish of Frindsbury. However, we are also part of an informal ‘cluster’ with two other Church of England parishes St Nicholas Strood and St Francis Strood. The Vicars meet together weekly for prayer and the churches work together where we can.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, is ‘first among equals’ of the anglican bishops and, as such, leads both the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Archbishop Justin has not always been a ‘cleric’ and has had a very interesting and, at times, challenging Christian journey. Jesus, never promised the Christian life would be easy! You can read about his journey of faith here.
The Church of England comprises 43 dioceses and this parish is in the Diocese of Rochester. The Diocese is led by Bishop James Langstaff. Formerly a Vicar in inner Birmingham and Assistant Bishop in Norfolk, Bishop James was appointed to Rochester in 2010. In addition to running the Diocese Bishop James also sits in the House of Lords and is Bishop to Prisons. He has a longstanding concern for homelessness and affordable housing. You can read about his work here.